Cross River State Invites Presidential Candidates To Take Vacation To Calabar Carnival

Cross River State Invites Presidential Candidates To Take Vacation To Calabar Carnival

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River Government has invited all the presidential candidates of various political parties for the 2019 general elections to take a vacation from campaigns and participate in this year’s Calabar Carnival.

Governor Ayade, who was represented by the State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, extended the invitation to the candidates on Sunday, while flagging off the third and last dry-run of the carnival with the titled: “Africanism.’’

According to him, “This is the final dry-run and the event is looking as if today is the grand finale. This shows that our first and second dry run was successful.

“I want to use this opportunity, on behalf of the state governor, to invite all the presidential candidates of various political parties to come for this year’s carnival.

“We want them to take off one week rest from their campaigns and come to enjoy themselves. Carnival Calabar does not know any political party or religion.

“When you come to Calabar for the carnival, you are as free as air.

‘’I will like to invite them to come here and relax and as the people see them, maybe those who are able to dance better may attract more votes.

“So, we want to see the candidates who can come here and rock it better in such a way that some people may be encouraged to vote for them,’’ he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, disclosed that the state had sustained the hosting of the largest street party in Africa for a record of 14 years, said the event had become the melting pot of Africa’s hospitality.

Onah revealed that the `wonders on wheels’ had earlier had their dry-run where over 200 bikers participated.

The chairman said the event had promoted the talents of budding artistes and had equally united the people of Cross River and Nigeria at large.

He said that the five competing carnival bands and others were designed to tell the African story from the African perspective.

He commended DSTV and MTN Nigeria for their partnership with and support for the carnival over the years.

The President of Federation of Tourism Association, Alhaji Sabo Saleh, said that the association was in the state to understudy the event with a view to finding areas of partnership and support.

Saleh said that tourism played an important role in the economy of any nation or state.

The biggest events which is sponsored by the Cross River Government, has launched State and Nigeria on the global orbit as a source of culture and entertainment tourist destination in Africa that attracts people from around the world, with each edition getting bigger than the previous.


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